Classroom Management and the StarChart™ – 3

I know a teacher who thinks that casual conversation in the classroom is ok. He thinks that his students are his friends and they all have fun during class, going back and forth in witty repartee from English to French (he is a French teacher). 

The classes often roll by in pleasant interaction, but every now and again darkness comes out of the mouth of one of the students. He begins to wonder – WAKE UP MR. FRENCH TEACHER: YOUR STUDENTS ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS – if his students are as nice as he wants to believe. He starts to get defeated when the few kids who are the culprits here say those things. Sometimes he wants to run out of the building and cry because he lost the power struggle with a few kids in his class with the result that his class is no longer his, because he trusted the wrong students.

He says that it is so ugly when it happens he doesn’t know what to do and until now I haven’t been unable to advise him on what to do about these dark insulting reactions from these students that seem to come out of nowhere and cause him to want to run out of the building. 

All that I have been able to tell him up until now is to use the classroom rules, but by this time of year the kids are immune to them, especially Rule #2 which is the backbone of the Classroom Rules, and so now the problem is up again and that is why I am writing my new ideas out in this series of posts on CM. 

THE REAL PROBLEM IN CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT IN THE TPRS/CI COMMUNITY IS THAT WE THINK OUR STUDENTS ARE OUR FRIENDS AND THAT WE CAN SPEAK ENGLISH WITH THEM AS A LITTLE BREAK AND IT IS THEN WHEN THE DARK COMMENTS COME OUT FROM THE NARC KIDS WHO ARE SPRINKLED AMONG OUR STUDENTS AND WHO HIDE SO WELL BUT HAVE NOTHING BUT OUR DESTRUCTION IN THEIR SITES AND THAT IS NOT AN OVERSTATEMENT. 

(to be cont.)

Share:

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
LinkedIn

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Search

Get The Latest Updates

Subscribe to Our Mailing List

No spam, notifications only about new products, updates.

Related Posts

CI and the Research (cont.)

Admins don’t actually read the research. They don’t have time. If or when they do read it, they do not really grasp it. How could

Research Question

I got a question: “Hi Ben, I am preparing some documents that support CI teaching to show my administrators. I looked through the blog and

We Have the Research

A teacher contacted me awhile back. She had been attacked about using CI from a team leader. I told her to get some research from

The Research

We don’t need any more research. In academia that would be a frivolous comment, but as a classroom teacher in languages I support it. Yes,

$10

~PER MONTH

Subscribe to be a patron and get additional posts by Ben, along with live-streams, and monthly patron meetings!

Also each month, you will get a special coupon code to save 20% on any product once a month.

  • 20% coupon to anything in the store once a month
  • Access to monthly meetings with Ben
  • Access to exclusive Patreon posts by Ben
  • Access to livestreams by Ben